After more than a century of development, it is a component that has evolved very little, continues to be inefficient and involve the presence of too many mechanical parts subject to wear.
The BAE project in collaboration with the British government and the University of Manchester replaces all these elements with "simple" air jet technology that controls the aircraft's direction.
The type of action includes two different systems: a "Circulation control on the wing" which is based on a jet of air in a special duct that acts as aileron, and a "Thrust fluid vector" that deflects a part of the air expelled by the turbines inside the nozzles to change the positioning of the aircraft.
Taken as a whole, “Magma technology” has the potential to improve both the control and performance of aircraft that would be lighter, cheaper and more reliable. More: with fewer moving parts, the shapes of the aircraft would allow greater “invisibility” to radars.
"We are thrilled to be part of the greatest effort to change the way aircraft will be moved and controlled by developing the most innovative solutions since the birth of the Wright Brothers mobile wing," says Bill Crowther, leader of the Magma project at the University of Manchester.
“The partnership with BAE Systems has allowed us to focus on research, leaving the industrial application to them. 20 years ago we developed the first prototype with two glued pieces of plastic and a hair dryer to test them. Today the components are made of titanium, are 3D printed and tested directly on systems in flight. We couldn't ask for anything better ”.
Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.